Our first runner spotlight of 2024 is on John Farrell. We interviewed him and see his answers below:
Q: When did you start running? Why did you start running?
A: I began running after I joined the United States Air Force as a means to stay in shape and assist in my conditioning as a football official.
Q: How many events a year do you typically do?
A: I strive to run 50 events and hope to do more after football season is over.
Q: Most embarrassing running experience? or biggest accomplishment?
A: Most embarrassing running experience occurred recently when I fell. I was running with my dog Lexy and went head first and turned over her stroller and Tom Crawford had to help us up (by the way don’t tell Kym). 🙂 This reminds me of slipping on ice and what’s the first thing you do? Forget the pain – you look around to see who’s pointing and laughing. 🙂
Q: Something we should know about you?
A: I have been officiating football for 42 years and absolutely LOVE it.
Q: If you could run any race, what would it be?
A: Boston Marathon but unfortunately I think that ship has sailed for me.
Q: What keeps you coming back for more of our events?
A: The camaraderie and the genuine sincerity of the runners who are always supportive. Also, I really appreciate Travis’ support of so many worthwhile charities (especially those suited towards our military, wounded warriors, and veterans).
Q: How has running changed your life?
A: It keeps me in shape and is the time when I simply contemplate what’s going on in my life.
Q: Favorite post run food?
A: Enjoying a charcuterie board (which Erin Vespe is always so good about getting) and a glass of beer or wine after our sippin series races.
Q: Favorite race/course?
A: Columbia Island as being a Washingtonian it’s awesome to run along the George Washington Parkway and see the monuments.
Q: Favorite parts of an event or things you look forward to at one of our events?
A: Simply seeing my buddies each and every week.